GameDay fans…. Meet Taylor Livermore of Warrior CrossFit Muscatine. She’s a Supply Chain Analyst for HNI Corporation who came to Mankato for school and played college soccer. She also loves CrossFit!
Tell us Taylor, what made you start competing in this sport?
I played 4 years of college soccer, so I was very competitive my whole life and missed that competition, randomly a girl from my gym asked if I wanted to do a local competition with her. We did it for fun, and ended up taking 1st, didn’t realize it at first because we just wanted to do it for fun, and that really got the competition ball rolling! Since then I’ve done at least 6 competitions since. It never stops – you get done with one and are just ready to sign up for the next one!
What is your favorite thing about competition day?
All the food I get to eat! I think I double my carb intake on comp days which is just crazy. Also the feeling out on the floor is like no other… to me it’s equivalent to making that big game winning save (I was a goalie in college). You hit a lift or do something you didn’t think you could do and you get this crazy rush that you just don’t get in everyday life.
How do you prepare yourself for a grueling workout?
I like nasty, grueling workouts! Every week I push myself to my pain cave, which a lot of people don’t but I love to push myself. I usually train 5-6 days a week, but I choose one day where I’m not pushing my limit just to give my body a break. Overall, those nasty workouts are my bread and butter! You turn your brain off, don’t think about anything, and zone everyone out. You just get out there and grind through it!
What would you say to someone who’s on the fence about competing for the first time?
Just do it! The worst that’s going to happen is you go out there and give it the best you can and you beat yourself. Nobody “beats” you in this sport, the one thing about it that makes it so different is that you’re competing against others but it’s you vs. you. You’re gonna have fun, and you’re gonna have a great time. Also, everyone looks so intimidating, but they’re really not! You start talking to them and realize they’re super nice and everyone’s out there to just do their best!